Ratoc PC CardBus to FireWire IEEE 1394 Mac

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FireWire-PCMCIA More Like This The Ratoc is a high performance CardBus PCMCIA Card to FireWire® adapter. It lets you connect FireWire® peripherals including Digital Video Camcorders, CCD and professional digital still image cameras, set top boxes, hard drives and other mass storage devices to your PowerBook G3. Additionally, the Ratoc Card will enable your PowerBook G3 to act as a home electronics audio video control console when the "HAVI" protocol is implemented in the near future. All the necessary cables and connectors are included!

Part Number and Description Price Add to Cart
PCM-FIO-01M Ratoc PC CardBus to FireWire Mac
Requires 32 Bit PCMCIA PC CardBus Slot: [click for info]
$72.50 Buy Now
Optional Accessories
PCM-FIO-PS Ratoc PC CardBus to FireWire External Power Supply $29.00 Buy Now

Features and Specifications

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  • Best for capturing Digital Video and Audio from DV Camcorders to PowerBooks
  • Connect Up to 64 FireWire/1394-enabled external devices
  • OHCI Based Architecture Link Layer Chip Included
  • Data Transfer Rates up To 400 Mbps
  • Fully Compatible with MacOS
  • Hot Plugging
Package Includes
  • Ratoc FireWire® CardBus PC Card for Mac
  • Software CD-ROM with Ratoc installer, Ratoc 1.7 Driver, Ratoc 1.0 enabler, Apple FireWire® 2.2.2.
  • Dongle with 2 6-pin FireWire® ports and DC power cable port
  • 6 foot 6-pin to 4-pin DV cable
  • Manuals for Ratoc Card
Host Interface
  • PC Card Standard 7.0 / CardBus specification compliant
  • 32bit data bus, bus master DMA transfer capability
FireWire® Link Layer
  • OHCI 1.0 compliant
  • Isochronous DMA 4 channel
  • Asynchronous DMA 2 channel
  • Physical DMA support
PHY Layer
  • IEEE 1394.a compatible
  • Two 400Mbps ports (two 6-pin IEEE 1394 connectors)
  • 100, 200 or 400 Mbps operation, automatic detect and negotiation
  • Provide cable power to bus powered FireWire® devices with optional power adopter (+12VDC/1.5A. 15W class 1)
Electrical Characteristics
  • Operational Voltage: 3.3V/DC ± 0.3V Low Power consumption
  • 237mA idle
  • 290mA Standby
  • 325mA Full isochronous receive
Operating Environment
  • Operating temperature: 0° C to 55° C
  • Relative Humidity: 95% (max.) non-condensing
System Requirements
  • MacOS 8.6 - 9.0
  • QuickTime 4 Authoring or Pro
  • PowerBook G3/233, G3/250, G3/266, G3/292, G3/300, G3/333, G3/400
  • PowerBook G3/333 or G3/400 is required for capturing Digital Video directly to a FireWire® Hard Drive. DV capturing frame rate depends on CPU speed, Memory size, software and Hard Disk sustained data write rate. You need more than 11MB/Sec. sustained data write rate HD.
  • IEEE 1394.1995 or IEEE 1394.a devices
  • Nearly all FireWire/1394/i.LINK devices (see support docs)
  • Nearly all mainstream Macintosh video editing packages (see support docs)
  • FCC, VDDI, CE complaint


W3 Document XP SP2 FireWire Performance Fix
Performance of 1394 devices may decrease after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2
Microsoft document and download for fixing possible performance decreases after SP2 installs
W3 Document Bridging FireWire 400 to FireWire 800
FAQ and product solutions for connecting between FireWire 800 and FireWire 400. Addresses 9, 6, and 4-pin scenarios.

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